Friday, January 12, 2007

Benjamin Rush Pearson

Today, January 12th, would be Madison Pearson’s birthday. While researching the family tree a couple of nights ago, I was taken to the Virginia Military Institutes website. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a photo of the VMI graduating class of 1871 . I had known that our great grandfather Benjamin Rush Pearson had attended VMI along with his Brother William. In this photo I found William Fletcher Pearson who was readily identifiable and Benjamin R Pearson who was listed as being in the grouping but I could not be certain of which of the many photos was him. I e-mailedthe VMI archives department and they readily identified him.

From Benjamin R Pe...

Born in 1849 Benjamin Rush Pearson was a prominent doctor in Montgomery. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in the summer of 1871. This was the year after General Robert E Lee passed away in Lexington VA. There is a
picture I am working on getting of the graduating class of 1871 in Robert E Lee's funeral procession.

Married to Sara Coleman Ferrell They had three children. Elizabeth Ann, Coleman Ferrell, and James Madison Pearson.

Benjamin Rush Pearson died March 1906 from tuberculosis and is now buried in Montgomery AL.



Blogger traditions home said...

Benjamin R. Rush graduated in March 1881 from the Medical College of Alabama at Mobile having been examined in the branches of medicine and surgery.

August 15, 2009  
Blogger traditions home said...

I find it interesting that our great grandfather's namesake Benjamin Rush was also a doctor.

Benjamin Rush was one of the founding fathers of the American Republic, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and an eminent physician.He was also an early opponent of slavery.

August 15, 2009  

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